2014 Mazda6 Diesel makes its appearance at 2012 LA Auto Show

After much hope and speculation, it has finally been confirmed by showing up at the 2012 LA Auto Show, but the 2014 Mazda6 SkyActiv-D diesel engine will be available in the US.

The 2014 Mazda6 has finally received its hand of the Mazda KODO design language, but the real story is that 2014 Mazda6 will in fact be available for sale in the North American market in this next year. The SkyActiv-D diesel engine uses a low compression ratio to give its engine a higher redline than most motors, but still has plenty of torque to offer.

Though there hasn’t really been much detail to come with the official word of release, this is still a bench mark for the 2014 Mazda6 and confirms many speculations about a hopeful release. Mazda says it will reveal more specifications and power ratings as the car’s on-sale date nears, and if the standard 2014 Mazda6 which is set to release in early 2013 is indication it won’t be long after.

Mazda and Toyota announce partnership for compact vehicle

Mazda and Toyota have now announced a partnership that will allow them to produce a new compact vehicle for the U.S. market. Mazda will build the subcompact economy vehicle for the U.S. using a similar platform as its current Mazda2, at the soon to be finished facility in Mexico. The car will then go on sale under the Toyota name. The plant is to produce 50,000 units per year of this vehicle once production begins in the summer of 2015, leaving the remainder 90,000 units available for Mazda vehicles.

Toyota has invested a large amount of funds in the plants production equipment in order to offset the cost, and hopes to have a more competitive U.S. lineup as a direct result of the collaboration. Mazda, meanwhile gains the benefit of shedding part of the production costs over a greater number of vehicles per year with Toyota funding portions of production.

With recent trends of Japanese manufacturers looking to move manufacturing out of Japan, this move seems to fit both Japanese automakers plans. Recent earthquake and Tsunami disasters as well as inflation of the Yen caused many Japanese Automakers to have production delays and thin supply of vehicles.

The Return of the Mazda RX-7

The big news out of Hiroshima, Japan this week is that Mazda has planned to revive one of its most loved cars, the Mazda RX-7! Though the new RX-7 won’t be entering the market until 2017, it still raises a lot of excitement as Mazda has recently cut most of their sports cars in the U.S. market. The predecessor to the RX-7, the RX-8, was just taken out of the market  little over a year ago due to lack of sales due in part to its low fuel economy, not only ending the era of the RX sports car, but also ending the Wankel Rotary engine usage in the Mazda line of cars.

The new RX-7 will likely be powered by a new aspired rotary engine, a version of the Mazda 16X rotary engine that was revealed in 2007 but has yet to see production. This 1.6 Liter engine is capable of delivering 300 metric horsepower and that without a blower. Another intelligent powertrain available is the idea of a hybrid powertrain. Bob Hall, a past member of Mazda’s product development and design groups told AutoGuide “a hybrid makes an enormous amount of sense for a rotary.” He also said it could be “a new kind of hybrid, something we have not yet seen.” According to Hall, Wankels are perfect for powering electrical generators because they love to run at constant speeds. Even so, Yamomoto does not share his opinion on hybrids, a drivetrain layout he says is unsuitable for sports cars.  Still, Hall said “I would not be in any way shape or form surprised if it were a hybrid.”

The plan is to set the new RX-7 to rival the new powerhouse in the compact sports car market that is currently being run by the Scion FR-S. Mazda also plans to keep the weight similar to the Scion FR-S, using mostly aluminum body panels, allowing the RX-7 to utilize every bit of the horsepower installed.

Now we just have to wait until 2017 for the idolized sports car to hit our streets again. But hey, at least its coming.